What are the day-to-day responsibilities of an IT Security Manager?
An IT Security Manager is a technology professional who oversees the security of an organization’s information systems and networks. They are responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring security policies and procedures to protect the organization from cyber threats and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards.
An IT Security Manager requires a combination of technical skills, such as knowledge of network security, encryption, firewalls, antivirus software, etc., and soft skills, such as communication, leadership, problem-solving, teamwork, etc. An IT Security Manager typically has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, cybersecurity or equivalent business experience. They may also have relevant certifications (CISSP, CISM, Security+, CASP+, CEH, etc.) to demonstrate specific skills and knowledge. An IT Security Manager may work for various types of organizations, such as government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, etc., depending on their industry and size.
While I have met many people interested in joining the fight for cybersecurity in an organization, I haven’t met many people new to the field who have really thought about what that means or how they will fit into an organization. Like many things in life, we have an idea about what we want to do but we don’t always have a plan for how to make it happen, and understanding an organization’s structure could help you get the position you truly desire.
First, not all companies have the same organizational structure. Some companies have an almost flat structure, usually based on the desire to avoid bureaucracy or maybe in an effort to keep the headcount smaller and resemble more of a family. Some organizations are much larger and much more formal, and they will have a much better-defined reporting structure. Knowing where you want to be in that structure will help you make sure you are targeting the correct career position.
I’ll give you a simple example. You want to be a Security Operations Center (SOC) analyst. You like the idea of seeing security events as they happen, you want to help analyze the events and work to determine if the events are indicators of an attempted intrusion into the network, and you want to help figure out ways to prevent or remediate the attack. You can’t always target a “SOC Analyst” role at a company, because they might not call it by that name. Continue reading “IT Security Job Hunting Overview”